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Battery Park City Library Closes for Safety Upgrades After Toddler Fell

BATTERY PARK CITY — The Battery Park City Library closed for two days this week to make safety improvements after a toddler tumbled from the library's second-floor balcony in May, officials said.

The child, a 2-year-old boy, was seriously hurt May 10 when he slipped between a column and a window along the balcony and fell to the first floor, hitting a bookcase on his way down, the Battery Park City Broadsheet reported at the time.

The extent of the child's injuries and his current condition were not immediately available.

Library staff immediately blocked off the gap where the boy fell, but after studying the balcony, they also decided to install a new, taller glass barrier to make the entire area safer, a New York Public Library spokeswoman said.

That work required that the library, at 175 N. End Ave., close on July 19 and 20, the spokeswoman said.

"The New York Public Library is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our patrons and is upgrading safety measures at the Battery Park Library, beyond what is required by code," the spokeswoman said in a statement. "The Library thanks our patrons for their patience and cooperation during this time."

The library is scheduled to reopen on Saturday.  

The $6.7 million Battery Park City Library, the first LEED-certified green branch in Manhattan, opened in March 2010.

It closed briefly several months later for the installation of new automatic doors, after wheelchair-bound residents complained they had difficulty getting inside.